Finally!! A thick salsa! I found this recipe while searching the web I tried this & its perfection along with tasty. For those wonder why to use cumin seeds instead of the already ground cumin it really does make a difference. Toast in a dry pan & when you can smell it it’s ready to be ground up. aroma is awesome. I have finally found the salsa recipe that is a keeper. Thank you so much for your awesome pictures there was no guessing where I was at in the process of making this.Thanks again
I’m hoping Andrea will chime in here about canning this particular recipe but if you are looking for a salsa recipe you might want to check out this Salsa Recipe for Canning that we posted a while back. It’s really good!
I absolutely love this recipe. I made a double batch and it tasted fabulous and the consistency was perfect. I was wondering what you would add to this recipe to make a medium heat salsa? Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Just wanted to let you know my family and I LOVE this salsa! I have pinned it and made it a few times, but I am including it in a post on my blog about my garden harvest this year! I especially love the convenience of it in the winter, (I live in Minnesota) because I don’t need to have fresh tomatoes, I just use my canned ones from the summer before!
A. Yes, salsa, tends to be at peak quality for about 6 months, then ok for another 6 months. After that, the USDA says it is still safe to eat as long as the seal is intact, but it darkens and becomes mushier than most people would like! So, if you have an older jar, and there’s no leakage, a good seal, and everything looks ok, open it and try!
I made this and I like it accept the canned tomato-y taste that kinda overpowers the other flavors.. is there any way to make it taste less like canned tomatoes? Will it lose that taste after it marinades for a while?
Just finished making this great salsa I love it my husband thinks I need to add more peppers. I did add some of my carrots from the garden. I had a bumper crop of Heirloom tomatoes and added lots of yellow, green, red and orange bell peppers for color. Thanks so much for the great recipe.
Wow! I just made this and it is delicious! This is my new favorite salsa, and I’m a salsa connoisseur. I’ve tried a LOT of salsa recipes. This is so easy to make, and the flavor is incredible. I think the plum tomatoes make a big difference. Thanks for sharing!
An incredibly fast and easy way to satisfy your salsa craving. This salsa is so delicious, flavorful and bold with a nice fresh kick from the jalapeno. It’s a snack that is very healthy as well and can easily be adapted to specific taste, although I love it just perfectly as is.
The addition of tomato paste and sauce is the ticket. Gives the salsa a richness, and helps to thicken. Just perfect. The cumin and black pepper take it up another notch. Making first thing on Monday, and will triple the recipe. Dont forget to drain those tomatoes guys, it is KEY as mentioned in the article. This is one GREAT recipe!!
Hi. I found this recipe on Pinterest and thought I would let you know of another recipe if you need your fix NOW! Here in SoCal, the Krogers grocery store is Ralphs and they have a Ralphs brand Salsa Style Diced Tomatos, which already has the onions and chiles in it. I assume other Kroger stores have it as their own brand. Add 2 T white vinegar and 1 tsp mesquite liquid smoke, hit it with a stick blender, and you have a deadringer for the salsa they serve at Chevy’s restaurant.
The measurements are just a guide- add more or less of the specific ingredients as you prefer. So easy too- just throw everything into a food processor and let it do its thing. I’ve had this Cuisinart food processor (<–affiliate link) for years and even after many batches of nut butter grinding, it’s still going strong. This recipe makes a huge batch- plenty to fill tacos, top omelets, mix into salads and for chip dipping. Canning Recipe: Canning salsa is a lot of work, no question about it. However, the results are excellent, and I love being able to dig into a bowl of summery salsa in the middle of the winter. Recipe from Seasonal Ontario Food. My cooked salsa is similar to yours. I cook my salsa in the oven (in my deep roasting pan) at about 300 degrees and there is never a worry about scorching. Also, by cooking it in my big roaster I can make a much larger quantity. Update: Because I was paranoid about the peppers, I actually could have upped them a smidge. OTOH, right now it has a gentle heat which won't burn you out after a couple bites. I did lie though. I omitted the celantro because I am one of those whose tastebuds interpret it as soap. Something tastes like it needs a little more of something, but possibly I mis-measured because the taste is wonderful..I might not whirl the tomatoes quite as much next time though. Boy, this a long comment to basically say Brava. Tomatoes - about 15 lbs (yes, quite a few - you remove the skins, seeds and a lot of the water, so it takes a lot to start.) You'll need about 3 quarts of prepared chopped tomatoes. This makes about 8 pints of salsa! If you only want to make a single jar, see this page instead! This looks delicious, Mel! We must be on the same wave-length because I am canning salsa today already! We have a recipe we love and when I branch out my family rebels, but yours looks worth trying for sure! There is nothing like seeing all those pretty jars all lined up when they are finished! Hello! Do you have a homemade canned spaghetti sauce recipe that you could share? I have made varying sauces throughout the years and have not found one that I love! If I were to buy a sauce in the store I would prefer Prego over any others, so that is the type of sauce I would like to can. Any ideas? Thanks! Look for large juicy tomatoes when you make salsa. Removing the seeds is easy with a small spoon. Hold the quartered tomato over a bowl to catch the seeds and juice as you scoop them out, and use it in the salsa if you like. wow–no ro-tel in canada? its just inconceivable to someone from oklahoma usa. i hope at least you live close to the border lol. best of luck in your search for it from one old guy cook to nord de ligne. tom One can indeed use a pressure canner for canning salsa . I always use Roma tomatoes and never use the tomatoe paste (optional) in the recipe . It never turns out to liquidity or mushy ,not ever . Very certain the reason for that is the Roma’s are a meaty tomato. I have tried the water bath method as well with this recipe , both have the same consistency. I pressure can at 10 lbs. of pressure for 15 min. Adjust lbs. of pressure for your elevation . Thank you, Jami! That explanation makes perfect sense. I’ve been researching canning a ton and the different acid types for different foods was the only thing that still had me stumped. Friends and family tease me about stressing out over botulism, but that is NOT a risk I am willing to take despite them telling me to “do it just like your grandma did, we loved her stuff” so I was very happy to come across your blog (way too many sites with recipes that are not approved). I had a huge crop of San Marzano tomatoes this year so I can’t wait to make your sauce and salsa (and my tried and true salsa for the fridge – but not to can ;). I am going to try this recipe today using roma tomatoes. I just wanted to add, most recipes call for de-seeding and squeezing out all tomato juice from the tomatoes. I have learned that you can cook down the juice and seeds, ( one year I had 2 quarts of tomato liquid …slowly cooked down to 1 half pint ) this way all my ingredients were fresh garden and not canned. The thickened tomato seed juice was so close to paste that it thickened the salsa I made. I just incorporated it into my tomatoes measurements. Trying that with your recipe. Ty You’d have to take away some of a fresh ingredient, Lisa, to add anything else fresh. Like substitute 1/4 cup of cilantro for 1/4 c. of the onions. Another suggestion is to add cilantro when you open a jar, since cilantro is best fresh anyway. My wife and I have made 20 pints of this and doing the tomatoes to do another batch. This IS the salsa we have ever had including restaurants. I give this 10 and recipe is printed off for next season. Thanks for sharing recipe. Mike This is very similar to the salsa I have made for years, and which is very good! I have never used rotel OR honey in mine. I may have to try that next time just to see the difference. But one thing I did change a few years back, kinda by accident, is the onion. I started using green onions in place of regular onion, about 3 for one can of tomatoes. They give such a different flavor, and I switched forever. This is my favorite kind of salsa (though almost all are good in their own way), but definitely trying with the honey. Thanks for posting and promoting salsa! This home canned salsa recipe rates an “Awesome!” from friends and family alike. To keep the salsa “canning friendly”, it contains a higher proportion of tomatoes than most fresh salsa recipes, plus added vinegar to lower the pH. (More on Safe Salsas for Canning at the end of the post.) Combine the diced tomatoes, whole tomatoes, cilantro, onions, garlic, jalapeno, cumin, salt, sugar and lime juice in a blender or food processor. (This is a very large batch. I recommend using a 12-cup food processor, or you can process the ingredients in batches and then mix everything together in a large mixing bowl.) Good morning, Jami. I made your salsa recipe yesterday. One batch only as still waiting on tomatoes to ripen BUT I got 11 half-pints and 1 full pint. Oh my goodness, is it wonderful and very pleasing to look at, as well! 🙂 Love the flavor and the consistency. Tho 8 jalapenos sounds like too much it really isn’t that hot – just a little tang – very nice. I do have to ask why, oh why, in reading your post did I feel impervious to the hazards jalapenos could wreak on your skin?? I ask myself that. Holy Moly – next time I read cod salsa recipe you write I will take FULL heed. Side note: I googled and read that rubbing alcohol (among other things) can be used to help neutralize the burn, topically only, of course. Do NOT rinse it off. Again, thank you for sharing such a wonderful, yummy recipe!!
I too often forget the air bubble step. You and I should be fine, but it is a better practice to make sure you get the air out, as this could affect the headspace while processing, thus affecting the amount of processing time required to get all the air out. This recipe includes an extra 5 minutes processing time just in case anyway, so you’ll likely be fine with the jars you forgot on. Just try to do on your next batch.
The only sad thing about tomatoes is that they don’t last. A beautiful, ripe tomato will keep for a week at most before it goes bad. So when the frost comes and kills the plants, that’s the end of garden-fresh tomatoes until next year.
Plus, tomatoes, at least, are healthier when cooked because heat releases the lycopene. So I’m more than happy to preserve fresh produce in my canner when it’s salsa, of which we can never have too much. (If you’d like to know more about fermentation, however, HERE is an amazing eCourse on the subject with almost 2 dozen multimedia lessons.)